Compare 2023 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Subaru Ascent

2023 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Subaru Ascent
2023 Subaru Outback 2023 Subaru Ascent


2.5L 4-Cylinder 2.4L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder


182 hp 260 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/33 * 20/26 *

  Max Towing Capacity

3,500 lbs ** 5,000 lbs **

  Seating Capacity

5 Passengers 7-8 Passengers

  Cargo Space

32.6-75.6 cubic feet 17.8-43.5-75.6 cubic feet

2023 Subaru Outback vs 2023 Subaru Ascent

Serving Harrisonburg, VA

The Subaru lineup requires deep consideration for SUV shoppers focused on finding a well-equipped, stylish vehicle with robust capabilities. The Outback is a smaller, two-row model that commands the road. It can be compared to the three-row Ascent SUV in many vital areas. Our Bob Wade Subaru sales associates want you to love everything about your next Subaru, and we are excited to help you thoroughly compare these popular models.


The 2023 Outback is available in eight trim levels. The primary engine in the lower trims is a four-cylinder, 2.5-liter system with a continuously variable auto transmission, and it produces 182 horsepower. The Onyx Edition offers a 260-horsepower, turbo 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The 2023 Ascent is only offered with one powertrain, the same 260-horsepower engine standard in the Outback Onyx Edition. Across all trims for both models, all-wheel drive is standard.


Both the 2023 Outback and the 2023 Ascent display capable, confident performance capabilities throughout their exteriors. The two-row Outback is the smaller option. It has a thick, molded bumper with a relatively small grille. Molding over the wheel wells and lower door panels is equally thick. The Outback and the Ascent have substantial ground clearance and raised roof rails. The Ascent has a larger grille as well as taller and broader headlights. While it also has thick side molding, the front is defined by a thin bumper, a tall grille, and an innovative LED ribbon running through the headlights.


The features available in the Outback and the Ascent vary greatly across the trim lineup, and these models offer many of the same features in select trims. Some of their shared equipment includes heated front seats, wireless smart device app connections, a dual-zone climate control system, a hands-free liftgate, a push-button ignition, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, and forward collision mitigation. The Ascent also offers three rows, a larger display screen, a three-zone climate management system, evasive steering assist, heated seats in the second row, and more.

You can get better acquainted with the similarities and differences between the Outback and the Ascent when you visit Bob Wade Subaru soon. Call the sales office today to plan your showroom visit.

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
** Certain limitations apply. See Owner’s Manual for details.